English adjective: tough
|1.||tough not given to gentleness or sentimentality|
|Samples||A tough character.|
|Similar||hard-bitten, hard-boiled, pugnacious, tough-minded, unsentimental|
|See also||hard, insensitive|
|2.||tough very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution|
|Samples||A rugged competitive examination.|
The rugged conditions of frontier life.
The competition was tough.
It's a tough life.
It was a tough job.
|3.||tough physically toughened|
|Samples||The tough bottoms of his feet.|
|Similar||callous, calloused, enured, hardened, inured, thickened, weather-beaten|
|See also||experienced, experient, rugged, strong|
|4.||tough substantially made or constructed|
|Samples||Sturdy steel shelves.|
A tough all-weather fabric.
Some plastics are as tough as metal.
|5.||tough violent and lawless|
|Samples||The more ruffianly element.|
Tough street gangs.
|6.||tough feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')|
|Samples||My throat feels bad.|
She felt bad all over.
He was feeling tough after a restless night.
|7.||tough resistant to cutting or chewing|
|Similar||cartilaginous, chewy, coriaceous, fibrous, fibrous, gristly, hempen, leathered, leatherlike, leathery, rubbery, sinewy, stringy, tough-skinned, unchewable|
|See also||inedible, uneatable|
|8.||tough unfortunate or hard to bear|
|Samples||Had hard luck.|
A tough break.
|9.||tough making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe|
|Samples||A baffling problem.|
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
A problematic situation at home.
|Synonyms||baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical|
English noun: tough
|1.||tough (person) someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing|
|Broader (hypernym)||battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper|
|2.||tough (person) an aggressive and violent young criminal|
|Synonyms||goon, hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, toughie|
|Broader (hypernym)||criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw|
|3.||tough (person) a cruel and brutal fellow|
|Synonyms||bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo|
|Broader (hypernym)||aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bullyboy, muscle, muscleman, plug-ugly, skinhead, tough guy|